Department of Communication Studies

UNI Speech Team Places #13 in National Tournament

The UNI Speech Team concluded its trip to the national tournament with several impressive individual performances and a ranking of #13 in the nation. 

The American Forensics Association (AFA) National Individual Events Tournament is the most competitive tournament of the year.  The AFA-NIET was held at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, April 1-3, 2011.

Eighty-four colleges and universities participated in the competition. UNI sent 7 students with 24 events. UNI competitors cleared five of those events to elimination rounds. Overall, the team was 13th in sweepstakes (129.5 points), and Yaw Kyeremateng was 11th in individual sweepstakes, calculated from all of his events entered in the tournament.

Two UNI Speech Team students were finalists, putting them in the top 6 in the nation. Yaw Kyeremateng was 2nd in Poetry Interpretation and Harrison Postler was 3rd in After Dinner Speaking.

Yaw and Harrison also made appearances in semis (top 12 in the nation). Yaw and Harrison made the semis in Duo Interp, and Yaw made semifinals in Program Oral Interp.

Senior Chris Outzen was a quarterfinalist in After Dinner Speaking.

“As a DOF, I cannot be more proud of our team,” said Director of Forensics, Dr. Kate Lavelle. “The speech coaching staff, led by Director Rebecca Buel, have been working all year to achieve this goal. Our team runs well because Rebecca and [Director of Debate] Rich [Tews] are committed and passionate to their specific areas.”

Yaw Kyeremateng will be heading to NFA at Illinois State in a few weeks to finish off his competition career. Chris Outzen and Michael Taylor will be heading to the Interstate Oratory Competition in Virginia to represent UNI at the oldest oratory competition in the country.

[Photo] UNI’s AFA Nationals participants, from Left to Right:

Chris Outzen

Michael Taylor

Zoe Russell

Greg Chittick

Harrison Postler

Mandy Paris

Yaw Kyeremateng